Monday, January 18

Covid: Véran highlights the effects of the 6 p.m. curfew on the epidemic

The intensive care units are far from empty, it is still tense“, and”we must therefore continue to adapt the measures“, even if “braking measures are difficult for our fellow citizens to accept“, pleaded Jean Castex, visiting the CHR in Metz for the opening of registrations for vaccination against Covid-19 for those aged 75 and over.

He will hold a press conference at 6:00 p.m. during which he could announce possible new restrictions, including the possibility of an extension to the entire territory of the curfew at 6:00 p.m. established in 25 departments of the East and South East.

At his side, the Minister of Health Olivier Véran explained that the government is “in an empirical approach“concerning the curfew:”does it work or not, we’ll see. What I know is that in all the departments that have adapted this measure, with ten days of hindsight, we have an increase in the incidence rate of 16%, while the others have an increase of 43%. In the Grand Est region, there is really a difference with the neighboring departments“, he underlined.

Jean Rottner, LR president of the Grand Est region, considered that “on a regional scale“, the curfew at 6:00 p.m.”bears its effects“: “we remain on a high position (of the epidemic, editor’s note) but we avoid the spread of the virus. It gives stability, a perspective“.

Conversely, for Senator LR from Moselle François Grosdidier, this curfew advanced from 8:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. “has little health efficiency“, and”6:00 p.m. drives people crazy: some of our fellow citizens say that they produce and go home, they no longer see anyone, it hits them on the system.

It completes the traders“, he added: “we’re going to rush everyone to the supermarkets on Saturday“.

Patrick Weiten, UDI president of the Moselle Departmental Council, also underlined the “saturation of large surfaces“on Saturday, by relaying the wish of local traders to open on Sunday to compensate for their losses.

The curfew causes “congestion” roads “on very short deadlines, between 5:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.“, he also noted.

Jean Castex underlined that the protocols were “hardened“for large shopping centers,”with gauges“which must be respected, he urged.

There is no point in making health protocols if they are not respected !! Especially since, as far as I know, small businesses respect them“, he noted.



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